Summer Camp & Community Outreach

Motorsports Summer Camp 2013 will be 17 through 21 June 2013. 

To get email notifications for summer camp registration, please contact Chuck Riordan at criordan@uncc.edu

For previous year campers, access to the full Summer Camp picture album including each camper in their race car, please email Dr. Peter Tkacik at ptkacik@uncc.edu and include what you are doing, where you might have gone to school, and if so, what degree you would be working on.

 

 

In order to engage more high school students with engineering, we have developed a summer camp program. This program is done through the summer programs at UNC Charlotte. It includes three week long sessions of eight students each. It incorporates the three main disciplines in engineering under a motorsports umbrella. These are Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

ASPIRE MOTORSPORTS SUMMER CAMP

 

Project Goal: 

Increase Freshman Enrollment by Inviting High School Students Interested in Engineering to Participate in a Week Long, Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Camp that Exposes Them to Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering By Way of a Motorsports Themed Camp

 

Each summer, the project team collaborates with UNC Charlotte Summer Programs to organize the “ASPIRE Motorsports Summer Camp”.  Approximately 24 high school students are invited to participate in an on-campus engineering experience.  They stay on campus and are surrounded by interactive engineering activities for five days while learning basic concepts of Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering.  The Motorsports Engineering facilities and contacts are utilized as a way to bring all disciplines together and create an interactive, themed learning environment for the students.   

During the summer 2010, 27 high school students attended this camp (8 female and 19 males).  Ethnic information was not collected but the group was quite diverse as displayed in the following photograph.  Ethnic information will be collected for all camps moving forward.

  

 The students participated in the following field trips/tours:

 

Race car parking lot outing
Tour of Hendricks Motorsports
Mini Baja trail testing experiments
Race engine dyno testing
Rocket nozzle laboratory
CAD design lesson
Formula, Legends, and COT NASCAR race cars
Pavement testing experiments
UNC Charlotte Water Tunnel tour

 

The schedule of events during the summer 2010 session is displayed below.

 

Day/Time

Mon, 21 June, 2010

Tues, 22 June 2010

Wed, 23 June 2010

Thur, 24 June, 2010

Fri, 25 June, 2010

7:45 am  – 9:00 am

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Tkacik and Warren Reception (9AM);

Do-Hong conducts pre-survey (9:15AM)

(Meet in CARC 125)

Team/Department

B – Civil (CARC 125)

C – Electrical (CARC 201)

A – Mechanical (Duke)

Team/Department

B – Civil (CARC 125)

C – Electrical (CARC 201)

A – Mechanical (Duke)

All campers/ All day: NASCAR race car at Concord Motor Speedway race track.  Bring hats and sunscreen.

Helmets and fire suits provided.

Chartwells catered lunch at race track.

(Duke)

All campers:

Post Survey (9AM), Interviews (9:30-11:45) and Students prepare posters in filler time

(meet CARC 125)

9:45 am – 11:45 am

Team/Depart

A – Civil (CARC 125)

B – Electrical (CARC 201)

C – Mechanical (Duke)

11:45 am – 12:45 am

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:45 am – 4:15 pm

All Campers to Mini Baja race car outing in woods (Duke)

All campers tour Hendrick Motorsports race team (Duke)

All campers do CAD training, tour research labs (Duke)

Work on Posters, Rehearse, and Perform Show (meet in CARC 125)

4:15 pm –

Dinner/evening activities

Dinner/evening activities

Dinner/evening activities

Dinner/evening activities

Leave

 

Summer Campers testing in the woods